Report 2010-124 Highlights - September 2011

Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation:

The Benefits of Its Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions Program Are Uncertain


Our review of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's (Corrections) use of Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (COMPAS) highlighted the following:

  • It is uncertain if COMPAS will help Corrections reduce prison overcrowding and lower recidivism rates.
    • Corrections' use of COMPAS during its parole planning process is inconsistent.
    • Prison assignments made by its reception centers are often not based on COMPAS.
  • According to some staff at the reception centers, there is a lack of buy-in on COMPAS across the institutions and the tool does not seem beneficial.
  • Corrections has not issued regulations on COMPAS as required nor has it provided training to some staff on how to use the assessment tool.
  • The value of using COMPAS to assess an inmate's needs is limited—COMPAS core assessment identifies up to five different needs; however, Corrections has rehabilitative programs that only address two.
  • Since Corrections instructed staff to use COMPAS only when placing inmates in its substance abuse treatment program, we question whether COMPAS is a valuable tool for identifying inmates' needs.
  • Corrections has not tracked the actual costs of deploying COMPAS and cannot explain how it monitored the project for any cost overruns.

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